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Glendive, Montana

Posted by graywacke on January 22, 2012

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-when-I-get-around-to-it blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  OK, OK.  So, before I get to my landing-per-usual schtick, I guess I owe you and my loyal readers (whoever you are) an explanation for my long absence from the blogosphere.  It’s really nothing all that dramatic – just a new job (tough to teach an old dog new tricks), the holidays, and a 91-year-old Mom who’s not doing so well these days.   But anyway, I figured that I needed to get back in the saddle, so here goes . . .

After my incredible 9/10 USer run, I’ll settle back to earth a little with a landing in my old nemesis, that OSer-magnet . . . MT; 115/95; 8/10; 8; 154.4.

Here’s my landing map, showing my proximity to Glendive:

Here’s a broader view, showing my proximity to the Yellowstone R (the river just NW of my landing):

Here’s my GE shot, showing that I landed near the “Upper Labell Reservoir”  (about which I could find nothing  . . .)

Speaking of the Yellowstone, obviously, I landed in the Yellowstone watershed (49th hit); on to the Missouri (364th hit); to the MM (776th).

Actually, as shown in this close-in map, the Yellowstone flows right past Glendive:

Here’s a shot of the Yellowstone R, a Panaramio shot taken by bmtpix from the I-94 bridge near Glendive:


Here’s another shot of the river in Glendive (by Montana Home):

I couldn’t find much of great interest about Glendive, although, as the Chamber of Commerce website points out:

“Some famous folks have set a spell here…

The Lewis & Clark Expedition spent their last night in Montana here by the Yellowstone in 1806. General Custer camped here before he met his demise on the Little Big Horn.”

Near Glendive is the Makoshika State Park.  This is an awesome place; here are a few photos, beginning with this Panaramio shot by Larens Hoddenbagh:

Here’s another, from the Montana Film Office:

As a geologist, I was excited to find that the famous K-T boundary is clearly visible at the Park.  Just in case any of my readers don’t know, “K” is geo-speak for “Cretaceous”, the geologic period that ended about 65 million years ago.  Just younger than the Cretaceous is the “Tertiary” period.  Of course, this boundary is famous for the simple reason that the dinosaurs were flourishing during the Cretaceous, and entirely absent during the Tertiary. 

As most folks know, the most widely-accepted theory is that a meteorite struck the earth just off the Yucatan Peninsula, creating world-wide havoc that quickly lead to the dinosaur’s demise. 

Anyway, in this photo by geology professor John Isbell (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), the KT boundary is marked by the black coal unit that’s visible across the middle of the outcrop:

Very cool.  Dinosaur fossils below; no dinosaur fossils above.  John has a very cool photo website; click here to see how incredibly interesting, fun and exciting it can be to study geology, in places like Antarctica, Argentina, Tasmania & the Bahamas.

I’ll close with this peaceful shot of cattle grazing near the banks of the Yellowstone (a Panaramio shot by z kubesh):

That’ll do it.



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